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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of burlesque.


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  • A few other clergymen denounced the ball, and soon, “threatening letters arrived by every post, debating societies discussed our extravagance, and last, but not least, [the Bradley Martins] were burlesqued unmercifully on the stage.”

    The Bradley-Martin Ball | Edwardian Promenade

  • Most of the writers burlesqued or lampooned are British, and since the effect of parody depends on familiarity with the original, the Anglo-emphasis might seem a hindrance for American readers.

    The Sincerest Form of Ridicule

  • The Gaelic-language revival is unmercifully burlesqued in The Poor Mouth.

    Oblomov in Dublin

  • “To own the truth,” said Cecilia, “the almost universal neglect of the characters assumed by these masquers has been the chief source of my entertainment this evening: for at a place of this sort, the next best thing to a character well supported is a character ridiculously burlesqued.”


  • Enlightenment scientism is beautifully burlesqued here, both Austen and Mary Shelley coming in for gentle mockery, the worldliness of the one interweaving mischievously with the emotional extravagance of the other.

    financial independence via munchkinland

  • He imitated every movement we made, and burlesqued them to a very high degree, causing great laughter to his companions and us.

    The Journals of John McDouall Stuart

  • (Yivo, which burlesqued the issue of Jews & Money by inviting the vapid Niall Ferguson to talk about it, should invite Ginsberg to make up for the lapse).

    Walt and Mearsheimer as Scholars of Jewish History

  • More "underground" Pagan priests are discovered, arrested, burlesqued, tortured and executed in Alexandria, Egypt.

    The Church-State Alliance and the future of humanity

  • In his "dramatic journal,"kept irregularly from his sixteenth year, he dramatized scenes from Scott and burlesqued portions of Shakespeare.

    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)

  • She returned to the stage for duets, such as "Father/Daughter Dialogue," that burlesqued the divorced-dad and wounded-daughter dynamic.

    Songs in the Key of Lacerating


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  • To cause to appear absurd by parodying or copying in an exaggerated form. Especially in a literary or dramatic work.

    From French, from Italian burlesco, from burla (mockery) of unknown origin.

    I found it on page 148 of 'The Seven Basic Plots' by Christopher Booker, talking about comedy:

    Later in the book we shall consider just why the Comedy plot should have come to be so widely burlesqued in this way (a parallel development can be seen in the fate of the other basic plots).

    April 29, 2007